I just started a 6 week Making for Educators symposium and it is off to a great start. They introduced squishy circuits and we spent the week making homemade conductive and insulating dough and experimenting using the dough to connect components such as: battery packs, LED lights, buzzers and motors. The best part about the project was that my 7 year old son was immediately drawn to what I was doing and all but took over the design and creation of the different squishy circuit projects. We had so much fun together!
Here is what my son and I learned:
First we made the conductive and insulating dough. Big decision- what color should we make our dough?!
Now that we have our dough ready what should we make first?
We quickly discovered that we could not make all of lights work with our first design so we went back to the drawing board.
Next up- what animal should we make?
And we all know that a horse is not complete without a tail that lights up.
Finally we made a squishy pig:
We had so much fun and I can’t wait to introduce this to my students next year!
For those of you that are not familiar with squishy circuits check out these two resources:
Super Awesome Sylvia Show